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Outdoor Master Whale Pump – Review and Field Test 2022

Outdoor Master Whale Pump Review

The worst part of owning an inflatable stand up paddleboard is pumping it up by hand. It takes so much energy and effort that you are exhausted before you even start paddling. Electric pumps are the answer to making inflatable SUPs much more enjoyable to use. The Outdoor Master Whale Pump is one of the best electric SUP pumps out there. It has a rechargeable battery so you can use it away from your car. Keep reading to learn more about the Outdoor Master Whale Rechargeable Electric Paddleboard Pump.

About Outdoor Master

Outdoor Master is a California based company started by a bunch of outdoor enthusiasts. They recognized that to get good functional gear you had to pay premium brand prices. Cheap bargain gear frequently didn’t work and was a waste of money. They decided to create great functioning gear at an affordable price. They started with ski goggles which have proven to be one of the best performing goggles on the market. Now they have moved into stand up paddle boarding with inflatable SUPs and electric SUP pumps.

Features of the Outdoor Master Whale Rechargeable Electric Pump

Best Rechargeable Electric SUP Pump

OutdoorMaster 16PSI High Pressure SUP Air Pump with Rechargeable Battery The Whale

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Key Features and Specifications

  • Max PSI – 16 PSI
  • Rechargeable Battery – built in 6000mah li-ion battery can has enough power to inflate 2 or more paddleboards
  • Inflate Multiple Boards – Can inflate 3 or more boards in a row
  • Cooling fan – Has a separate cooling fan to keep pump from overheating
  • Sand Filter – Sand filter to prevent pump damage when used at the beach
  • Fast inflation – Can inflate most boards in 7 to 10 minutes
  • Inflate and Deflate – inflate and deflate modes
  • Digital Pressure Meter – Digital pressure scale accurate to 0.01 PSI.
  • Onboard Cord Storage – Built in compartment for storing 12 volt and charging cord
  • PSI or Bar – Can display pressure in PSI or Bar
  • Size – 14.6 X 8.7 X 6.7  inches
  • Weight – 6.25 lbs
  • Cord – 10 foot – 12 volt car outlet
  • Air hose length – 4.5 feet
  • Adapters – H3 (Halkey Roberts), C7, Boston, 805, Pinch
  • Warranty – 1 year warranty

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I have been using an OutdoorMaster Shark II Pump all last year and found it to be an excellent product. It can charge several boards in a row without overheating and pump up to 20psi. I have barely used a hand pump since getting it. I got the chance this year to try out the Outdoor Master Whale Pump which is essentially a Shark 2 with battery power. It can also pump several boards in a row off battery or 12 volt power. The only thing it can’t do which the Shark 2 can is pump up to 20psi. The Whale can inflate up to a 16 psi maximum pressure.

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Price

The OutdoorMaster Whale is one of the more expensive electric paddleboard pumps out there. It retails for $199.99 on the Outdoor Master website. With our discount code ERO15 you can get it for $170. It is also available from Amazon $199.99 if you want to pay more. This makes it about $42 more expensive than the Shark 2 pump. Is it worth it? In my opinion, the battery capability makes it worth the extra cost.

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Battery Power

The Whale electric air pump has a built in 12 Volt 6000mah rechargeable battery. This gives it the ability to pump up at least 2 boards to 16psi per charge.

Why is battery power an advantage? It lets you pump up your board anywhere whether you can park there or not. Sometimes the parking lot at the lake is really busy and I can’t find a spot that backs up to a nice grassy area. If you are somewhere with limited parking or parallel parking this can also be a problem. You can take your board away from your car to a nice grassy or sandy spot and pump it.

When I go paddling with my wife I have to inflate 2 boards. If we bring a friend along who is borrowing a board sometimes we might need 3 or 4 boards. The Shark can inflate several boards in a row. It still takes 10 minutes per board to do. So 2 boards is 20 minutes, 3 boards is 30 minutes, 4 boards is 40 minutes, and so on. If you have a battery pump and regular pump you can pump 2 boards at once which can save a lot of time.

The battery can also be used to power other USB devices. It has 2 USB slots so you can use it to charge your phone or power a speaker or anything else that can run off a USB socket.

USB slots

12 volt power

The pump can also operate off of 12 volt power. It has the same cigarette lighter plug as most other 12 volt accessories with a 10 foot cord. A set of alligator clips might be nice but not necessary. You aren’t limited by the location of the 12 volt outlet for inflating and deflating the board.

Whale 12 volt power

Size and weight

The Whale measures 14.5 X 8.75 X 6.75 Inches. This makes it a little bigger than the Shark 2 pump. It’s not a lot bigger. It weighs 6.25 lbs making it a bit heavier than the Shark 2.

Paddle board compatibility

The Whale will work with almost any paddleboard or other inflatable out there. It has the following valve adapters. H3/HR, C7, Boston, Pinch and 805. This will cover almost every inflatable paddleboard and kayak out there.

Whale Adapter Plugs

Max pressure

Like the Shark, the Whale is a powerful dual stage pump that offers easy inflation. It has a high volume 1st stage and at approximately 1 psi it automatically switches to the high pressure 2nd stage for fast high pressure inflation. The Whale can pump up to a maximum of 16 psi. It can inflate to any desired pressure in 0.5 psi increments. It can inflate on battery power or running off of 12 volt power. It can’t pump as high as the Shark 2 which can pump up to 20 psi. 16 psi covers the majority of inflatable SUPs out there which top out at 12.5-15psi.

Inflate and deflate

This pump can inflate and deflate paddleboards. It has 2 ports on the front. One is for inflating and one is for deflating. Unscrew the air hose and move it to the other port.

Cooling system and overheat protection

Like the Outdoor Master Shark ii, the Whale is one of the few pumps that claims it can inflate several paddleboards in a row. Most pumps out there now can pump 1 or maybe 2 boards before overheating. The Whale can pump up 3 to 4 boards. It does this by having an active cooling system that keeps the motors cool. The cooling fan continues to run after pumping has stopped to ensure the motors can cool.

The manufacturer does claim that you should let it rest for 10 minutes after 30 minutes of pumping if the temperature is above 90F out.

In the event it does overheat, it has a high temperature cutoff that will shut down the motors until they cool off.

Digital Display and Controls

The Whale has a small LED screen on it that displays everything you need to know. It has real time pressure monitoring down to a .01 PSI. It shows target pressure and current pressure in PSI or bar. It shows battery charge status. It shows whether the cooling fan is running or not.

You control the pump with 5 buttons below the LED display. There are buttons or increasing and decreasing the target pressure, PSI/Bar, power and turning on and off the LED light.

There is an LED light on the back of the pump for lighting things up. It is white during general use and can be turned off. It shows the pump is recharging by turning blue. I tend to turn it off all the time except while charging so I can tell when it’s finished.

The buttons are black with molded features. They aren’t as easy to read as the buttons on the Shark 2 which have white lettering. I’d prefer white lettering here too.

Whale Display Controls

Cord storage

One nice improvement for the Whale over the Shark 2 is that it has a built in compartment for storing the cords. It has a flip open hatch with a small latch on it. The USB ports and charging port are located inside the storage compartment. It is large enough to hold both the 10 foot 12 volt cord and the AC charge adapter.

Cord storage

12 Amp fuse

The pump has a built in 12a fuse for increased safety and so that you don’t damage the pump. It’s located inside the 12 volt plug. Unscrew the little silver plug end. The fuse is underneath that. See the image below.

Whale fuse

Using the pump

How well does the Whale work? My quick answer to that is really well. I hate using a manual pump and find an electric pump makes my stand up paddle board experience much more enjoyable.

Whale on deflated paddleboard

Fast inflation time

The Whale pumps a little slower than the Shark 2. The biggest board I currently have is an 11 foot x 33 inch x 6 inch board. It took 10 minutes to inflate it to 15 psi. The automatic dual stage pump works as described. It automatically switches from high volume to high pressure stages around 1 psi of pressre. It will inflate the board to 1 psi in under a minute giving you a full looking board and then you wait while the high pressure pump brings it up to target pressure.

I can hand pump this board in about the same amount time but it takes a lot of effort.

The time it takes to pump up any board is proportional to the board’s size and max pressure you are pumping up to. Larger boards take longer. Higher pressures take longer.

Below is a table of the time it takes the pumps we have tested to inflate a 10’6″ all around board and a 12’6″ touring board.

Name10’6 x 32.5″ x 6″ All Around Board to 14psi12’6″ x 30″ x 6″ Touring Board to 15psi12’6″ x 30″ Touring Board to 20psi
Double Action Hand Pump7 minutes 53 seconds
Red Paddle Co Titan 2 Hand Pump6 minutes 15 seconds9 minutes 28 seconds
Outdoor Master Shark 28 minutes 40 seconds9 minutes 35 seconds13 minutes 1 seconds
Outdoor Master Whale9 minutes 22 seconds9 minutes 58 seconds
Outdoor Master Dolphin9 minutes 57 seconds12 minutes 15 seconds16 minutes 30 seconds
iRocker Electric Pump7 minutes 27 seconds8 minutes 32 seconds11 minutes 50 seconds
Nixy Ventus8 minutes 28 seconds11 minutes 15 seconds14 minutes 34 seconds
Serenelife SLPUMP10
Seamax SUP20S
11 minutes 32 seconds13 minutes 49 seconds
Serenelife SLPUMP30
Seamax SUP20D
8 minutes 12 seconds9 minutes 27 seconds14 minutes 20 seconds

How many boards can it pump in a row?

This is the biggest question everyone will have. How many boards can this pump inflate off of one charge. How many can it do in a row without overheating.

I took a 10’6″ x 32″ x 6″ all around board to test inflate. This is about the most generic paddle board size and shape out there.

I was able to inflate this board 4 times in a row to 14 psi. The 5th time it stopped at 13.56 psi. It almost made it to 5 times. This is well past the 2 boards that Outdoor Master claims it can do.

I pumped the same board up over and over. The only break I gave the pump was 1-2 minutes for me to immediately deflate the board and squeeze and all the air out. Then I hooked it right back up again. It ran for pretty close to 50 minutes in a row with only minimal stops. The consistent cooling system seems to do its job. The air temperature was 68F at the time so well below the 90F where Outdoor Master claims the pump needs a break after 30 minutes.

This pump easily pumps up several boards on a charge and in a row without overheating.

Deflating paddleboards

To deflate you just move the air hose over to the other outlet and turn on the power. It will suck the air out of your board in a couple minutes. You can tell it’s starting to suck a vacumn into the board by the sound of the pump. Hit the power button to stop it and take the hose off.

Noise

This pump is noisy like every other electric paddleboard pump. It has a similar noise level to the Shark 2 pump when it goes into it’s second high pressure stage.

One good thing about battery power is that you can carry the board off to the side somewhere away from people to inflate it.

Charging the battery

The pump includes a small AC adapter for charging the battery. When you plug it in, the LED on the back will turn blue while charging. When full charge is reached it will turn white. It takes around 6 hours to charge it from a completely drained battery. The charge rate slows down when it’s getting close to charged to avoid damaging the battery cells.

Whale charging blue light
The Whale charging with a blue light
Whale finished charging
The Whale fully charged with a white light

OutdoorMaster 16PSI High Pressure SUP Air Pump with Rechargeable Battery The Whale

OM Whale Product Image

Use the Coupon Code ERO2022 for 20% off at OutdoorMaster.com

What we liked
  • The battery has enough power to inflate several boards on a single charge
  • You can use the pump anywhere
  • The pump inflates boards as fast as any 12 volt powered pump
  • The built in cooling pump lets it pump 3 or more boards in a row without overheating
What we didn’t like
  • This high pressure inflataion stage is noisy like other electric SUP pumps
  • The max pressure is only 16 psi
  • The pump is a little bigger and heavier than non battery powered electric SUP pumps

Tips for using the Whale Pump with your inflatable SUP

1 – check for air leaks

Check that there are no air leaks at the adapters, nozzle, the valve in the board, and the hose attachment to the pump. You should not feel air coming out of any of these points. If you feel air leaking something is loose.

If the board is not inflating or inflating really slowly after the pump switches to second stage you are most likely leaking air somewhere. The pressure should steadily climb from 1 psi up to target pressure. If the hose isn’t screwed on very tight to the pump it can leak air without feeling like it’s leaking air around it.

2 – attach the inflation hose to the board first

I have on several occasions hooked the hose to the pump and then tried to hook it to the board. The hose is stiff enough that it untwists the connector out of the board after I twist it in. I find that it works much better to attach the hose to the board first. Then you can situate the pump where it will keep the hose twisted into the board. The hose screws onto the pump easily no matter how twisted it is.

3 – use the correct gasket on the valve

The pump comes with 3 gaskets to use on the valves. The hand pump that came with your board had only the correct valve on it. All of my paddleboards use the thinnest of the 3 gaskets on the H3 valve. All the paddleboard pumps I’ve gotten have come with the thicket gasket pre-installed on the H3 valve.

You can hold your hand pump hose up to the Whale hose and see which gasket you need to use. If you use the wrong one you won’t get a seal or won’t be able to insert the valve at all.

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Use the Coupon Code ERO2022 for 20% off at OutdoorMaster.com

Wrap Up

I am really happy with the Outdoor Master Whale pump. It surpasses everything that Outdoor Master says it can do. It is reliable and can pump several boards in a row on a single charge without overheating. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an electric paddleboard pump.

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